Earlier today, Universal Pictures announced that the highly-anticipated Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed to a later but unspecified release date, in order to give director Guillermo del Toro and his team more time to get the film ready. The studio also revealed that another sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, will take over the August 4, 2017 release slot formerly occupied by Pacific Rim 2. Pitch Perfect 3 was originally slated to open two weeks earlier on July 21, 2017, but Pacific Rim 2's delay puts Pitch Perfect 3 in a much better spot.
Universal announced in June that Pitch Perfect 3 would hit theaters on July 21, 2017. At the time, its only competition was an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, and EuropaCorp's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan set to star. However, earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that their Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie will now arrive on that date. While no specific details were given regarding that project, Christopher Nolan's movies usually pull in big numbers at the box office and tend to utterly destroy their competition.
Pitch Perfect 3 has its new release date on August 4, 2017 all to itself for now, but that will most certainly change in the months and years to follow. The sequel will open just one week before the new Spider-Man debuts on July 28, 2017, although no other movies are currently scheduled for the rest of August 2017 quite yet. However, after the success of the first two Pitch Perfect movies, the franchise has proven it can bring in big business regardless of when it opens.
The original Pitch Perfect opened in late September 2012, earning a respectable $65 million domestic and $115 million worldwide, from just a $17 million budget, becoming one of the biggest surprise hits of the year. The sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, opened this May, earning $183.7 million domestic and $285.1 million worldwide, from a $29 million budget. Both films have also spawned hit soundtracks, with Anna Kendrick's single "Cups" from the original soundtrack went triple platinum.
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are returning as Beca and Fat Amy from the first two movies, although it isn't known if other original stars Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Platt and Alexis Knapp will be back. Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld signed a multi-picture deal with Universal, so she will likely be back as well, but we'll have to wait and see who else returns. Stay tuned for more updates on Pitch Perfect 3 as fans start the long countdown to the August 4, 2017 release.